I am very fortunate to have been able to donate my time for more than four years now to Disabled Sports Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled.  Unfortunately, because my life became so hectic between running photography and managing a retail store, I haven’t been able to dedicate as much (or any) time to the program as a snow sports instructor in the last two years.  To make up for my lack of personal time, I enthusiastically dedicated my time instead as a photographer for the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp.  The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan and culminates in a gala, dinner and silent auction that is always a joy to attend.

There are many reasons that I love to dedicate my time to this week specifically.  That being said, the most amazing part is spending every day for a week with a crew of unbelievably interesting, dedicated and strong personalities.  It’s fun to watch the group of strangers open up to each other and me over the course of the week, as their skills on the snow grow they gain confidence and as the week goes on, they gain intimacy with each other.

I’m so thankful that I live in Lake Tahoe where not only do I get to bask in the beauty of our outdoor lifestyle on a daily basis, but I get to share it with others.

I’m proud to be a supporter of local volunteer organizations like Disabled Sports Far West and to support those who were wounded defending our country.

Thank you for your service.

These are a few of my favorites from the week but if you’d like to view the entire gallery, you may do so by following this link.

Keep Tahoe Adaptive.